First issue of Cattini’s Icones, one of four copies known. Page height 555 mm View larger
First issue of Cattini’s Icones, one of four copies known. Page height 555 mm
Piazzetta (Giovanni Battista), 1682-1754

An album of thirty-six prints reproducing paintings and drawings by Piazzetta, engraved by Giovanni Cattini or Marco Pitteri

Venice, c. 1743-1754
A project to engrave Piazzetta’s oeuvre was jointly conceived in the early 1740s by the printmakers Marco Alvise Pitteri (1702-1786) and Giovanni Cattini (1715-1804 or 1809), with an intentional division of the work: the “immagini sacre” were to be engraved by Pitteri, and “le profane” by Cattini. In 1742, Pitteri requested a privilege for engraving fifteen of Piazzetta’s “heads” (the Twelve Apostles, together with God the Father, The Redeemer, and The Virgin) and in 1743 Cattini published as Icones ad vivum expressae fourteen studies of character and expression, with a portrait of Piazzetta as a frontispiece. Both sets of prints are present in this album in fine, early impressions, together with another of Piazzetta’s “sacre Imagini” (Saint Paul) and five “Figure ideali” (all etched by Pitteri), making a total of thirty-six prints.


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Art books - Early works to 1800
Book illustration - Reproductive printmaking - Piazzetta (Giovanni Battista), 1682-1754
Prints - Artists, Italian - Cattini (Giovanni), c. 1715-c. 1800
Prints - Artists, Italian - Pitteri (Marco Alvise), 1702-1786
Piazzetta, Giovanni Battista, 1682-1754
Cattini, Giovanni, c. 1715-c. 1800
Piazzetta, Giovanni Battista, 1682-1754
Pitteri, Marco Alvise, 1702-1786
Pasquali, Giovanni Battista, active 1733-1784
Pitteri, Marco Alvise, 1702-1786
Other names
Smith, Joseph, Consul, 1674-1770

Piazzetta, Giovanni Battista
Venice 1682 – 1754 Venice

An album of thirty-six prints reproducing paintings and drawings by Piazzetta, invariably showing the head and shoulders of one, two, or three figures, engraved by Giovanni Cattini or Marco Pitteri.

Venice circa 1743 –1754

paper the binder’s endleaves are joined scraps of paper watermarked with intertwining letters l c (45 × 50 mm);1 the marbled paper (laid over the pastedowns and to the facing side of the free-endpapers) is a small spot pattern, curled and swirled (blue, red, yellow, black, white colours).

provenance folios numbered in blue pencil (except first and last sheets) in upper right corner — Pierre Berès, his sale by Pierre Bergé & Associés, ‘Fonds de la librairie Pierre Berès. Des incunables à nos jours. 1ère partie’, Paris, 28 October 2005, lot 124

binding contemporary calf over paper boards; blind-tooled frame on covers with large fleur-de-lys at each angle, the spine decorated by gilt impressions of the latter tool, and lettering-piece Ioannis Baptist Piazzetta Iconis (abrasions, repairs to joints).

Fig. 1 A Boy with a Dog (the artist’s eldest son, Giacomo Piazzetta?), drawing by G.B. Piazzetta engraved by Marco Alvise Pitteri (445 × 345 mm, platemark)

Throughout his career, the gifted Venetian painter and draughtsman Giovanni Battista Piazzetta drew portraits and so-called Teste di Carattere, as works of art in their own right, intended to be seen glazed and framed and hung on the wall, not in an album or portfolio. They were the first series of drawings ever produced specifically for this purpose. Like Rosalba Carriera’s pastels, and Pietro Longhi’s small oil paintings, Piazzetta’s ‘heads’ were ideally suited for the change of fashion which occurred in Venice in the early years of the Settecento, when a new taste arose for light and airy décor, intimate rooms embellished with small pictures, and small pretty furniture. Enthusiasm for Piazzetta’s character studies was immediate; they became fabulously popular, and contin­ued to be highly prized, by a group of enthusiastic international collectors as well as by Venetians, for some years after the artist’s death.2

For those who could not afford drawings, prints were an effective substitute. A project to engrave Piazzetta’s oeuvre apparently was conceived in the early 1740s, by the printmakers Marco Alvise Pitteri (1702–1786) and Giovanni Cattini (1715–1804 or 1809), with an intentional division of the work, ‘l’uno [Pitteri] riproducendo le immagini sacre, l’altro [Cattini] le profane’ (mariuz p.50). In 1742, Pitteri requested a privilege for engraving fifteen of Piazzetta’s ‘heads’, and this is generally linked with the series of the Twelve Apostles, together with God the Father, The Redeemer, and The Virgin. In the following year, Cattini published as Icones ad vivum expressae fourteen studies of character and expression, with a portrait of Piazzetta as a frontispiece. Both sets are present in our album in fine, early impressions, together with another of Piazzetta’s ‘sacre Imagini’ (Saint Paul, etched by Pitteri), and five of his ‘Figure ideali’ (also etched by Pitteri), making a total of thirty-six prints.

By 1755, Pitteri’s framed prints after Piazzetta had become a familiar element in well-to-do Venetian interiors – ‘il più bell’ornamento di uno studio, di una Camera, di un ritiro’, effused the playwright Carlo Goldoni in a dedicatory letter to the printmaker (Le Commedie del Dottore Carlo Goldoni, Florence 1755, x, p.301, cited by mariuz p.48). Twenty years later, ‘les suites de piazettes gravées par Pitteri’ were still in fashion, dazzling Fragonard in the print shops of the Merceria.3 Cattini’s prints after Piazzetta also enjoyed a long life: six or more editions of the Icones were published from the original matrices, in 1743, 1753, 1754, 1763, 1767, and 1779.

Some purchasers continued the practice of binding prints in albums, and Pitteri catered to them by printing an undated ‘title-page’ – Opera Joannis Baptistae Piazzetta Veneti Pictoris Eximii, Quae Marcus Pitteri Venetus sculpsit et escudit – to place before their personal selections of his prints. Such albums probably were once common, but over time they have been broken up, and complete sets of these prints are now rare even in the largest public collections (all six editions of Cattini’s Icones together are known by a handful of copies).

Two albums comparable to our own are recorded, both evidently compiled around the same time as ours, in the mid-1750s. And also like ours, they contain impressions which – on the evidence of surface dirt, dampstains, and marks from handling – had a life as loose sheets before being gathered and bound. One album (in the Houghton Library, Harvard Univer­sity) is bound in contemporary red paper boards, and contains the 1743 first issue of Cattini’s prints, together with eleven prints by Pitteri (including his portraits of Goldoni and Piazzetta, both etched in the first half of 1754). The other album (with Colnaghi in 1978, sold to David Tunick, Inc., and broken up for the latter’s ‘Catalogue 11’, published 1981), was bound in ‘18th century Italian marbled boards’, and contained the 1754 issue of Cattini’s prints, and twenty-nine prints by Pitteri (including impressions of all the prints in the Houghton Library album).

Icones ad vivum expressae, et in quindecim tabellis a Joanne Cattini collec­tae ac aere incisae.

Venice, Giambattista Pasquali, 1743

folio (album dimensions 555 × 430 mm), (16) ff., the complete set, comprising title-page (printed in red and black, with engraved device ‘Litterarum Felicitas’ signed Ant. Visentini Inv. Del. et Sculpsit; see Fig. 2), portrait, and fourteen numbered plates, as described below.

paper title-page and prints i–xii printed on paper with crossbow watermark (length 132 mm, similar to robison p.225 no. 49, where dated 1747–1748); portrait, plates xiii–xiv watermarked a s (height 40/42 mm, similar to robison no. 52, where dated 1748–1749).

condition fine impressions, generally in very good state of preservation: surface dirt and fingerstains in margins of plate iv, occasional dust-soiling elsewhere; a clean tear in lower margin of plate vi, two short repaired tears in lower margin of plate xiv; faint hanging folds across centres, plates xiii and xiv larger than the others and bound hori­zontally (vertical fold, 180/190 mm turned in).

First issue of the Icones ad vivum expressae, or ‘images taken from life’, a series of fourteen engraved portraits and Teste di Carattere, of which two (plates vii–viii, lettered Giambattista Piazzetta dipin. | Jo. Cattini dis. ed inc.) are said to reproduce paint­ings, and the remainder presentation drawings (drawings made as independent works of art), typically executed by Piazzetta in black chalk heightened with white on blue paper, of the head and shoulders of one, two or three figures, slightly smaller than life-size.

Fig. 2 First issue of Cattini’s Icones, one of four copies known. Page height 555 mm

The drawings for three prints, including the self-portrait of Piazzetta as a younger man used for the frontispiece, were certainly owned by the British consul in Venice, Joseph Smith, and because the set of prints was published at the press of Giambattista Pasquali, financed and operated by Smith, it is widely believed that Smith was behind the publication, and owned all the originals reproduced (many have not survived, the early provenance of two is unknown).4

Giovanni Cattini is an accomplished engraver, but his oeuvre is small and hardly anything is known about his life. He was born at Venice about 1715, and learned printmaking in the studio of Giovanni Antonio Faldoni; his earliest known work is a print signed Io. Bapta Mariotti Inv. | Io: Cattini Sc. in a book published at Venice in 1734 (the Greek Opera of Saint Irenaeus, ‘Apud Franciscum Pitterium bibliopolam ad signum Fortunae trium­phantis’). Cattini soon went to work for the prestigious publisher Giambattista Albrizzi, who also had Piazzetta under contract. In 1736, Cattini engraved his first print after Piazzetta, ‘Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet ispirato dalla Fede’, the frontispiece to the first vol­ume of Albrizzi’s edition of Bossuet’s Oeuvres (buberl pp.7172 Abb. 33, for the drawing; dorigato no. 102, for the print). After completing the Icones he was commissioned by Consul Smith to engrave Smith’s pastel portrait of Giambattista Tiepolo by Bartolomeo Nazzari.5 He seems to have given up printmaking soon after Piazzetta’s death, in 1754, although his old matrices were used for books published long thereafter. The latter half of Cattini’s life he lived until 1804 or 1809 is undocumented.6

The taste for framing prints has decimated the Icones ad vivum expressae. Although six or more editions were published from the original matrices, few sets survive intact, and fewer still in contemporary bindings.7 Most impressions are now divorced from a title-page, often trimmed close to borderlines, and mounted, mutations which prevent on our present understanding of paper and state, at least determination of their edition/issue date.8

Any copies Consul Smith himself possessed have been lost, or rendered unrecognisable. The set now in the Royal Collection at Windsor – presumably Smith’s, through the 1762 purchase of his collections – is without title-page, and the impressions thus are of indeter­minable date.9 Smith acquired for his ‘second library’ a copy of an otherwise unknown edition published by Pasquali in 1753; it has not been sighted since 1773.10 Pasquali reissued the prints in 1754 (the year of Piazzetta’s death) and, according to George Knox, ‘Most copies have the title page dated 1754’ (knox p.86). Two editions were published in 1763, one under Pasquali’s imprint, the other ‘appresso Innocente Alessandri e Pietro Scattaglia’. A selection of plates (eight only) was struck by the publisher Teodoro Viero in 1767, ‘con le tavole largamente ritoccate’ (succi p.130 note 2). In 1779, Lodovico Furlanetto, who had bought all the ‘Rami e Carte’ from Smith’s widow, published the last known edition.

As the printed images were not protected by a privilege, a legal mechanism prohibiting others from reprinting them, the Venetian engraver Nicolò Cavalli was free to publish circa 1754 a set of smaller copies (chiari moretto wiel nos. 84–95). An­other set of copies, of much reduced size, signed Piazzetta delineavit | Cattini incidit, but doubtfully engraved by Cattini, was issued by Teodoro Viero about 1767 (buberl pp.103–104, chiari moretto wiel p.40). Meanwhile, copies had been published also at Augsburg, circa 1745–1750, engraved in mezzotint by Johann Lorenz Haid, and at Munich, in 1753, engraved by Franz Xavier Jungwirth.

Although the date 1743 on Cattini’s portrait of Piazzetta intimated an edition of the Icones published in that year, no copy was located until 1983, when George Knox announced ‘a very fine early set in the Mariette album of Piazzetta engravings’ in the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris (knox p.86). Also in 1983, Dario Succi, Attilia Dorigato, and Adriano Mariuz independently cited the 1743 edition, with Succi establishing – without identifying the copies under comparison – two states of the matrices: in the first state (issued 1743) ‘I fogli sono numerati progressivamente’ (i–xiv, beneath the borderline), while in the second state (issued 1754) ‘la numerazione delle tavole è cancellata’ (succi p.130 note 2). Adduc­ing Succi, Dorignato described two prints numbered vii and xi from a set (?) in the Museo Correr (St. P.D. 636, 645) as ‘appartengono conseguentemente alla prima edizione’ (dorigato pp.174, 186). In 1996, Chiari Moretto Wiel mentioned a copy of the 1754 issue in the Museo Correr ‘in essa viene cancellata la numerazione progressiva delle tavole’ (Chiari Moretto Wiel p.40).

On the evidence available to the writer, it is not confirmed that the presence of plate num­bers denotes a 1743 first issue, and their absence a 1754 or later issue. In a copy of the 1763 edition examined in the National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum, the fourteen plates are numerated in the matrices i–xiv beneath the borderlines, exactly as in our copy of the 1743 edition.11 A reproduction from the copy of the 1754 edition described in the Colnaghi and Tunick catalogues shows numer­als beneath the bor­derline.12 The copy of 1754 edition in the Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna – possibly acquired by Albert von Sachsen-Teschen, the foun­der of the Albertina collection, on his visit to Venice in 1776 – is another victim of curatorial reorganisa­tion: all the plates have been trimmed close to the borderlines, and laid to gallery mounts. Although its evidential value is thus di­min­ished – the impressions are possibly derived from multiple copies – it is still worth mentioning that at least one plate in the copy is numbered (plate i, reproduced by buberl Abb. 42).13

These complete copies of the 1743 edition are known to the writer14

● Cambridge, ma, Harvard University, Houghton Library, shelfmark Typ 725.43.691 PF (together with eleven prints by Marco Pitteri,15 in a contemporary album bound in paper boards, 510 × 695 mm) ● Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France (cited by knox p.86) ● Venice, private collection (chiari moretto wiel nos. 68–83).

references Le Blanc, i, p.614 nos. 1–16: ‘16 pièces, y compris le portrait de Piazetta. 1754’; Pallucchini 1941 no. 85, fig. 21: plate xiii (plate number trimmed or erased); Dillon no. 87: plate vii (plate number trimmed or erased); Tunick no. 32 (plate numbered); Succi pp.130–132, figs. 128–129: plates xi, viii (plate numbers trimmed or erased); Knox nos. 25, 46, 48: frontispiece, plates vi, xiv (plate numbers trimmed or erased); Mariuz pp.48–53 nos. 110–113, 165: plates viii, xi, xiii, xiv, por­trait (plate numbers trimmed or erased); Dorigato pp.174, 186–187 no. 89[a–b]: plates vii, xi (plates numbered); Buberl pp.97–105, Abb. 40–55: title, portrait and all plates of 1754 issue reproduced (plate i only numbered, rest trimmed or erased); Chiari Moretto Wiel pp.40–55, nos. 68–83: title-page, por­trait, and all plates of 1743 issue reproduced; Boorsch pp.20, 38 nos. 63–64: plates xi, xiii (plate num­bers trimmed or era­sed)

List of prints

■ A Portrait of Piazzetta, 1743, etching and engrav­ing (platemark 442 × 337 mm), legends Joh. Baptista Piazzetta Pictor, natus Venetus. | Joh. Cattini in aes incidit observantiae et grati animi ergo Anno mdccxliii
p.53 no. 165, fig. 165; knox no. 25; chiari moretto wiel no. 69

■ A Man thinking, dedicated to Bernardo Nani (i), etching and engraving (platemark 447 × 335 mm), legends Excellentissimo Bernardo Nani P.V. | in obsequentis Animi monumentum D.D.D. | Jo. Baptista Piazzetta delineavit. | Joannes Cattini Sculptor Venetus. | i
chiari moretto wiel
no. 70

■ A young Woman, dedicated to Giustiniana Morosini Gradenigo (ii), etching and engraving (platemark 445 × 335 mm), legends Felicibus sub Auspiciis Clarissimae Matronae Venetae | Justinianae de Maurocenis Gradonicae | Jo. Bapta Piazzetta delineavit. | Joannes Cattini Scul­ptor Venetus. | ii
chiari moretto wiel
no. 71

■ Two Youths looking at each other, dedicated to Joseph Smith (iii), etching and engraving (platemark 447 × 338 mm), legends Clarissimo Viro Dno Dno Josepho Smith Anglo | Bonarum artium Promotori et Protectori beneficentis­simo | in grati animi argu­mentum D.D.D. | Jo. Bapta Piazzetta delineavit. | Joannes Cattini Sculptor Venetus. | iii
chiari moretto wiel
no. 72

■ A Boy, dedicated to Agostino Maffetti (iv), etching and engraving (platemark 445 × 335 mm), legends Excellentissimo Augustino Maffetti P.V. | omnium bonarum Artium studiosiss. | hoc qualecumq. obsequii sui testi­monium D.D.D. | Jo. Baptista Piazzetta delin­­eavit. | Joannes Cattini Sculptor Venetus. | iv
chiari moretto wiel
no. 73

■ An old Man leaning on a Stick, dedicated to Antonio Conti (v), etching and engraving (plate­mark 445 × 335 mm), legends Comiti Antonio Abbati Conti Patricio Veneto | In humillimum observantiae signum D.D.D. | Jo. Bapta Piazzetta delineavit. | Joannes Cattini Sculptor Vene­tus.| v
chiari moretto wiel
no. 74

Fig. 3 Drawing by Piazzetta engraved by Giovanni Cattini and dedicated to the poet Angelo Maria Labia (1709–1775). Reduced from 445 × 335 mm (platemark)

■ A young Man embracing a Girl, dedicated to Angelo Maria Labia (vi), etching and engrav­ing (platemark 445 × 335 mm), legends Abbati Angelo Mariae Labia Pat. Ven. | Bonarum Artium Amantissimo | in suae venerationis ar­gu­mentum | D.D.D. | Jo. Bapta Piazzetta delin­eavit. | Joannes Cattini Sculptor Venetus. | vi
no. 46; chiari moretto wiel no. 75
See Fig. 3

■ A Woman with a Basket of Pears, dedicated to Marina Canal Savorgnan (vii), etching and engra­ving (platemark 455 × 340 mm), legends A S. la Sig.ra Marina Canal Savornian | In segno di profondo ossequio D.D.D. | Giambattista Piazzetta dipin. | Giovanni Cattini dis. ed inc. | vii
chiari moretto wiel
no. 76

■ A Student reading with a Lens, dedicated to Giovanni Vezzi (viii), etching and engraving (plate­mark 443 × 342 mm), legends A S. Il Sig.or Co: Giovanni Vezzi N.V. | In contra­seg­no del mio rispetto D.D.D. | Giambattista Piazzetta dipin. | Joannes Cattini dis. ed inc. | viii
no. 129; mariuz p.53 no. 113, fig. 113; chiari moretto wiel no. 77

■ Young Musicians, dedicated to Sebastiano Molin (ix), etching and engraving (platemark 453 × 345 mm), legends Excellentiss. Sebastiano Molin Senat. Ven. | Bonarum Artium Cultori Eruditiss. | in perpetuum obser­vantiae pignus D.D.D. | Jo. Bapta Piazzetta delin. | Joannes Cattini Sculptor Venetus. | ix
chiari moretto wiel
no. 78

■ An old Woman with a Rosary and a Boy in profile, dedicated to Pierre Jamineau (x), etch­ing and engraving (platemark 453 × 350 mm), legends Clariss. Viro Petro Philippo Jamineau | in suae aestimationis specimen D.D.D. | Jo. Bapta Piazzetta delin. | Joannes Cattini Sculptor Venetus. | x
chiari moretto wiel
no. 79

■ A Mathematician, dedicated to Pietro Zen (xi), etching and engraving (platemark 455 × 350 mm), legends Excellentissimo Petro Zen P.V. | in obsequentis animi officium D.D.D. | Jo. Bapta Piazzetta delin. | Joannes Cattini Sculptor Venetus. | xi
no. 128; dorigato no. 89[b]; mariuz p.53 no. 112, fig. 112; chiari moretto wiel no. 80; boorsch no. 63

Fig. 4 Drawing by Piazzetta engraved by Giovanni Cattini and dedicated to Paolina Contarini. Reduced from 457 × 345 mm (platemark)

■ A Boy leaning on a Stick and an old Man in pro­file, dedicated to Paolina Contarini (xii), etching and engraving (platemark 457 × 345 mm), legends Benigno sub Patrocinio Clariss. Matronae Venetae | Paulinae de Contarenis Contrarenae| Jo. Bapta Piazzetta delin. | Joannes Cattini Sculptor Venetus. | xii
chiari moretto wiel
no. 81
See Fig. 4

■ A young Hunter and two young Women, dedicated to Prospero Valmarana (xiii), etching and engraving (platemark 465 × 583 mm, sheet 512 × 605 mm), legends Excellentissimo Viro Comiti Prospero Valmarana P.V. q.m. Triffonis | Bonarum Artium Protectori in venerationis argumen­tum D.D.D. | Jo. Baptista Piazzetta delin. | Joannes Cattini Sculptor Venetus | xiii
pallucchini 1941
no. 85, fig. 21; mariuz p.52 no. 111, fig. 111; chiari moretto wiel no. 82; boorsch no. 64

■ A Bravo, a Girl, and an old Woman (the Procuress), dedicated to Francesco Algarotti (xiv), etching and engraving (platemark 464 × 585 mm, sheet 512 × 605 mm), legends Illustris­simo et Eruditissimo Viro Comiti Francisco Algarotti, | eximio Scientiarum et Artium Cultori D.D.D. | Jo. Baptista Piazzetta delin. | Joannes Cattini Sculptor Venetus | xiv
p.52 no. 110, fig. 110; knox no. 48; chiari moretto wiel no. 83

Bound with

‘Quindici teste delli più rinomati dissegni di Giambatta Piazzetta’: The Twelve Apostles, God the Father, The Redeemer, and The Virgin, a set of fifteen prints, with a related print of Saint Paul.

Venice, [published by Marco Pitteri, circa 1744]

folio (album dimensions 555 × 430 mm), (16) ff., the prints numbered (4) i–xii, as described below.

paper all prints struck on a paper typical of Venice, watermark a s (letters 40 × 20 mm, neither tied to chains) found on the same sheet with b (20 mm, tied to chain); see robison p.225 nos. 51–52, for comparable a s watermarks (dated mid to late 1740s).

condition excellent impressions, some with plate tone, generally in very good state of preservation: dampstain in bottom left corner of Saint Paul, plates i –vi, ix; faint hanging folds.

Fig. 5 ‘Saint Philip’, drawing by Piazzetta engraved by Marco Alvise Pitteri. Reduced from 435 × 340 mm (platemark)

A set of fifteen prints after Piazzetta, portraying the head and shoulders of The Twelve Apostles, together with God the Father, The Redeemer, and The Virgin, known as the ‘Quindici teste’. Added here to the series is a related print portraying Saint Paul, of identi­cal size, lettered in the same style.

The printmaker Marco Alvise Pitteri (1702–1786) learnt printmaking from Giuseppe Baroni and Giovanni Antonio Faldoni, from whom he appropriated a ‘system of defining forms in long parallel lines, but instead of Faldoni’s smooth grooves, Pitteri’s lines are completely irregular in width, creating the effect of nodules along their length’ (boorsch p.20). This technique was especially suited to reproducing the subtle nuances of the chalk drawings of Piazzetta.

Pitteri’s earliest dated print is ‘La Chiesa che abbatte l’eresia’ after Piazzetta, the frontis­piece to Antonio da Venezia’s La chiesa di Gesù Cristo vendicata, published in 1724 by Recurti probably in association with Albrizzi (dorigato no. 101). In the late 1730s, he engraved a series of prints after Piazzetta for a small-format Beatae Mariae Virginis Offi­cium, published by Pasquali in 1740 (knox no. 68). Around the same time – working on a team of printmakers, the busiest of them Faldoni and Cattini – he etched a portrait (after Piazzetta) and four plates for another production of Albrizzi’s press, Zanetti’s Delle Antiche Statue Greche e Romani (1740–1743).

According to a legend Joannes Bapta Piazzetta pinxit on each plate, the ‘Quindici teste’ are modelled on paintings or oil sketches, however the ten-year privilege obtained by the printmaker Marco Pitteri in 1742, identifies the prototypes as drawings (‘quindici teste delli più rinomati dissegni di Giambatta Piazzetta’).16 Two paintings by Piazzetta and a large corpus of his drawings are linked to these prints; they are far from consistent in style as a group, with few indications of date.17

The date of first issue of the ‘Quindici teste’ is not known. Work on the plates certainly was well advanced – if not actually completed – on 20 June 1744, when seven of the set were admired by members of the Accademia Etrusca di Cortona.18 Their success encouraged Pitteri to etch – ‘in epoca posteriore alla suite maggiore’ (chiari moretto wiel p.26) – four matching prints, depicting Saints Luke, Mark, Paul, and John the Baptist, carrying the same warning that the images were protected by a privi­lege of the Venetian Senate (chiari moretto wiel p.xviii, nos. 26–30). A similar print of Saint Joseph with dedication line to Andrea Scipioni was also produced. This enlarged group of twenty ‘Sacre immagini’ was then re-engraved in reduced size (circa 160 × 105 mm) by Pitteri himself, and pub­lished under privilege.19

Also at unknown dates, Pitteri etched some secular subjects of Piazzetta – five are present in our album (see below) – and these were sold, together with the ‘Sacre immagini’, in print shops along the Merceria. To preface their personal selection of Pitteri’s prints, some pur­chasers acquired a title-page with printed text (in black) reading Opera | Joannis Baptistae Piazzetta | Veneti Pictoris Eximii, | Quae | Marcus Pitteri | Venetus | sculpsit et escudit.20 Since Fragonard was still able to find in the Merceria ‘les suites de piazettes gravées par Pitteri’,21 it seems Pitteri’s matrices were re­struck as required for more than twenty years.

As yet, Pitteri’s prints have not been studied closely enough to identify reworkings of the matrices. Another state of The Virgin lettered ‘Consolatrix Afflictorum’ (in place of ‘Trinitatis delicia Virgo Maria’) is known, but priority has not been established (ravà no. 15). Impressions of The Virgin and Saint Peter with privilege lines, and with those privilege lines later erased, are also recorded (chiari moretto wiel nos. 11, 25). The impression of Saint John in our album seems early: it retains in the lower mar­gin an etched squiggle (shaped like an E), which is cleaned away in all other impressions seen.

Like Cattini’s Icones, the ‘Quindici teste’ was much copied, notably at Venice by Antonio Verico (chiari moretto wiel nos. 55–58), at Augsburg in mezzotint by Johann Lorenz Haid (knox pp.39–40), and at Munich by Franz Xavier Jungwirth (chiari moretto wiel nos. 51–54).

references Le Blanc, iii, p.211 nos. 29–48 (adding other prints to the set); Ravà nos. 1, 3, 15, 29–40, 108 (Saint Paul); Pallucchini 1941 p.99 nos. 465–467: plates vii, ii, xi; Tunick items 183 (full set), 187 (Saint Paul); Succi pp.308–309 nos. 374–378, 388: plates vi, vii, xii, xi, v, God the Father; Mariuz p.51 nos. 94–101: plates i, iii, iv, v, Saint Paul, vi, vii, xi; Dorigato nos. 78–80: plates i, iii, vii, xi, God the Father, The Redeemer, The Virgin; Knox pp.138, 140–141 no. 56: plate xii; The Glory of Venice pp.149, 475 no. 69: plate xii; Chiari Moretto Wiel pp.10–30 nos. 11–25 (full set); Boorsch p.41 nos. 99–100: plates vii, xi; Pellegrini pp.114–115, nos. 41–43: plates vii, xi, iii

List of prints

■ God the Father, etching (platemark 430 × 335 mm), legends Joannes Bapt. Piazzetta pinxit. | Marcus Pitteri sculpsit | [centred:] Omnium creaturarum Increatus Sator. | Venetiis cum privile­gio Excellentiss: Senatus.
ravà no. 1; succi no. 388; chiari moretto wiel no. 23

■ The Redeemer, etching (platemark 432 × 340 mm), legends Joannes Bapt. Piazzetta pinxit. | Marcus Pitteri sculpsit. | [centred:] Peccati, mortisque triumphator Christus | Venetiis cum pri­vilegio Excellentiss. Senatus
ravà no. 3; pallucchini 1941 no. 464; chiari moretto wiel no. 24

■ The Virgin, etching (platemark 430 × 328 mm), legends Joannes Bapt. Piazzetta pinxit. | Marcus Pitteri sculpsit. | [centred:] Trinitatis delicia Virgo Maria. | Venetiis cum privilegio Excellentiss. Senatus.
ravà no. 15; dorigato no. 81; chiari moretto wiel no. 25

■ Saint Paul, etching (platemark 435 × 330 mm), legends Joannes Bapta Piazzetta pinxit | Marcus Pitteri sculpsit | [centred:] Sanctus Paulus. | Venetiis cum privilegio Excellentiss Senatus
ravà no. 108; tunick no. 187; succi no. 387; mariuz p.51 no. 98, fig. 98; chiari moretto wiel no. 28

■ Saint Peter, etching (platemark 448 × 350 mm), legends Joannes Bapt. Piazzetta pinxit. | Marcus Pitteri sculpsit. i | [centred:] Sanctus Petrus | Venetiis cum privilegio Excellentiss: Senatus
ravà no. 37; knox no. 54; mariuz p.51 no. 94, fig. 94; chiari moretto wiel no. 11

■ Saint Andrew, etching (platemark 450 × 350 mm), legends Joannes Bapt. Piazzetta pinxit. | Marcus Pitteri sculpsit. ii | [centred:] Sanctus Andreas | Venetiis cum privilegio Excellentiss Senatus.
ravà no. 29; pallucchini 1941 no. 466; chiari moretto wiel no. 12

■ Saint James the Greater, etching (platemark 446 × 346 mm), legends Joannes Bapta Piazzetta pinxit | Marcus Pitteri sculpsit. iii | [centred:] S. Jacobus Maior | Venetiis cum privilegio Excel­lentiss Senatus
ravà no. 32; mariuz p.51 no. 95, fig. 95; chiari moretto wiel no. 13

■ Saint John the Evangelist, etching (platemark 435 × 340 mm), legends Joannes Bapta Piazzetta pinxit | Marcus Pitteri sculpsit iv. | Sanctus Joannes | Venetiis cum privilegio Excellen­tiss. Senatus.
ravà no. 31; mariuz p.51 no. 96, fig. 96; chiari moretto wiel no. 14

■ Saint Thomas, etching (platemark 438 × 340 mm), legends Joannes Bapta Piazzetta pinxit. | Marcus Pitteri sculpsit. v | [centred:] Sanctus Thomas. | Venetiis cum privilegio Excellentiss Senatus.
ravà no. 40; mariuz p.51 no. 97, fig. 97; chiari moretto wiel no. 15

■ Saint James the Lesser, etching (platemark 435 × 342 mm), legends Joannes Bapta Piazzetta pinxit. | Marcus Pitteri sculpsit vi . | S. Jacobus Minor | Venetiis cum privilegio Excellentiss. Senatus.
ravà no. 33; succi no. 374; mariuz p.51 no. 99, fig. 99; chiari moretto wiel no. 16

■ Saint Philip, etching (platemark 435 × 340 mm), legends Joannes Bapt Piazzetta pinxit | Marcus Pitteri sculpsit. vii | Sanctus Philippus. | Venetiis cum privilegio Excel­lentiss Senatus.
ravà no. 34; pallucchini 1941 no. 465; succi no. 375; mariuz p.51 no. 100, fig. 100; chiari moretto wiel no. 17; boorsch no. 99
See Fig. 5

■ Saint Bartholomew, etching (platemark 435 × 340 mm), legends Joannes Bapt Piazzetta pin­xit.| Marcus Pitteri sculpsit viii. | Sanctus Bartholomaeus. | Venetiis cum privilegio Excellentiss. Senatus
ravà no. 30; chiari moretto wiel no. 18

■ Saint Matthew, etching (platemark 435 × 335 mm), legends Joannes Bapta Piazzetta pinxit.| Marcus Pitteri sculpsit ix. | Sanctus Matthaeus | Venetiis cum privilegio Excel­lentiss. Senatus.
ravà no. 35; chiari moretto wiel no. 19

■ Saint Simon, etching (platemark 430 × 340 mm), legends Joannes Bapt. Piazzetta pinxit. | Marcus Pitteri sculpsit. x. | Sanctus Simeon. | Venetiis cum privilegio Excellentiss. Senatus
ravà no. 38; chiari moretto wiel no. 20

■ Saint Jude, etching (platemark 450 × 355 mm), legends Joannes Bapta Piazzetta pinxit | Marcus Pitteri sculpsit xi | Sanctus Thaddaeus | Venetiis cum privilegio Excellentiss Senatus
ravà no. 39; pallucchini 1941 no. 467, fig. 55; succi no. 377; knox no. 56; mariuz pp.51–52 no. 101, fig. 101; chiari moretto wiel no. 21; glory of venice no. 69; boorsch no. 100

■ Saint Matthias, etching (platemark 450 × 350 mm), legends Joannes Bapta Piazzetta pinxit. | Marcus Pitteri sculpsit xii. | Sanctus Matthias. | Venetiis cum privilegio Excellentiss Senatus
ravà no. 36; succi no. 376; chiari moretto wiel no. 22

Bound with

‘Capricciose teste’: a group of five prints

Venice, [published by Marco Pitteri, circa 1750–1754]

folio (album dimensions 555 × 430 mm), five prints (as described below), bound in the album between the Icones and ‘Quindici teste’).

paper all prints struck on a paper stock similar to that used here for the ‘Quindici teste’, with water­mark a s (letters 40 × 20 mm, neither tied to chains), however b (20 mm., tied to chain line) here observed only in ‘A young Man draw­ing his Sword’; compare robison p.225 nos. 51–52 (dated mid to late 1740s).22

condition in very good state of preservation: light damp­stain in fore-edge margin of ‘A Man in a Fur-collared Coat’ extending into about four square inches of image, another insignificant dampstain in bottom left corner of image; same dampstain in bottom left corner of ‘A young Man drawing a Sword’.

These five prints are dated by most critics to the period immediately following Piazzetta’s death (ravà p.13; mauroner p.10), with Chiari Moretto Wiel proposing further that four of them – excepting ‘A young Man drawing a Sword’ – ‘constituire una piccola serie’ (chiaro moretto wiel pp.xxii, 76).

The prints are based on drawings or perhaps paint­ings by Piazzetta for which the exact models do not survive. Pallucchini suggested that the man with a fur collar is a fancy por­trait of Piazzetta himself (‘autoritratti idealizzati’) after an unknown original (pallucchini 1968 p.112).23 The etching ‘A Boy with a Dog’ is close in style and character to a drawing identified by Knox as a portrait of Piazzetta’s son Giacomo circa 1742, when he was about seventeen years old (cf. knox no. 34). The print of ‘A young Woman in profile’ relates to drawings and paintings of Piazzetta’s wife, Rosa, when she was about thirty-seven years of age (cf. knox no. 31).

Impressions of these prints struck at the end of the century by Giovanni Maria Pedrali, a specialist in reworking worn-out plates (he published the fifth edition of Luca Carlevarijs, Le Fabriche e vedute di Venetia, around 1800) are recorded.24

references Le Blanc, iii, pp.211–212 nos. 76–80 (‘Bustes de paysans et paysannes: Piazetta. 5 p. gr in-fol.’), 103; Ravà nos. 265–266, 268, 271, 444; Pallucchini 1941 p.97 nos. 446, 448–450; Mauroner p.10; Pallucchini 1968 p.113 fig. 160; Tunick items 192–196 (individually priced $725 or $750); Chiari Moretto Wiel pp.73–77 nos. 141–145; C.G. Boerner, Italian prints 15001800. Mantegna through Giovanni David. Stock List 108 (New York & Düsseldorf 1997), nos. 68–70 (individually priced $800 or indicated sold); Boorsch pp.20, 41–42 nos. 103–104

Fig. 6 Drawing by Piazzetta engraved by Marco Alvise Pitteri. Reduced from 455 × 355 mm (platemark)

List of prints

■ A Man in a Fur-Collared Coat (self-portrait of the artist?), etching (platemark 455 × 355 mm), legends Joannes Bapt. Piazzetta inv. | Marcus Pitteri sculpsit .
ravà no. 444; mauroner no. 20; pallucchini 1941 no. 450; tunick no. 196 (watermark: cross­bow); mariuz p.52 no. 107, fig. 107; dorigato no. 87[d]; Boerner, op. cit., no. 70 (watermarks: three crescents + Imperial + F C); chiari moretto wiel no. 142

■ A young Man drawing a Sword, etching (plate­mark 435 × 343 mm), legends Gio. Batta Piazzetta inven. | D.D. Marcus Pitteri Incisor. | [centred:] Josepho Nogari celebri Pictori in argumentum aestimationis et benevolentiae
ravà no. 265; mauroner no. 21; pallucchini 1941 no. 446, fig. 56; tunick no. 192 (watermark: crossbow); mariuz p.52 no. 102, fig. 102; dorigato no. 87[a]; chiari moretto wiel no. 141

■ A young Woman in profile (the artist’s wife, Rosa Piazzetta?), etching (platemark 452 × 352 mm), leg­ends Piazzetta Inve. | Pitteri scul .
ravà no. 268; tunick no. 194 (watermark: cross­bow); mariuz p.52 no. 103, fig. 103; Boerner, op. cit., no. 68 (water­marks: three crescents + Imperial); chiari moretto wiel no. 143 (repro­duction trimmed, deleting legends)

■ A Boy with a Dog (the artist’s eldest son, Giacomo Piazzetta?), etching (platemark 445 × 345 mm), leg­ends Piazzetta Inv. | Pitteri sculp. Venetiis.
ravà no. 266 and pl.25; mauroner no. 18; pallucchini 1941 no. 449; tunick no. 193 (water­mark: crowbow); mariuz p.52 no. 105, fig. 105; dorigato no. 87[b]; Boerner, op. cit., no. 69 (watermark: F Calchiardi Toscolano); chiari moretto wiel no. 144; boorsch no. 103
See Fig. 1

■ A young Woman and a Boy, etching (platemark 455 × 355 mm), legends Gio: Batta: Piazzetta inv. | Marco Pitteri sculp.
ravà no. 271; mauroner no. 19; Pallucchini 1941 no. 448, fig. 57; tunick no. 195; mariuz p.52 no. 104, fig. 104; dorigato no. 87[c]; Chiari Moretto Wiel no. 145; boorsch no. 104
See Fig. 6


Suzanne Boorsch, Venetian prints and books in the age of Tiepolo, catalogue of an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 23 January–27 April 1997 (New York 1997)

Brigitte Buberl, ‘… un occhio e mezzo’. Kupferstiche nach Vorlagen von Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (1683–1754) (Münster 1987)

chiari moretto wiel
Maria Agnese Chiari Moretto Wiel, L’eredità di Piazzetta. Volti e figure nell’ incisione del Settecento, catalogue of an exhibition held at the Palazzo Ducale, Venice, 22 June–15 September 1996 (Venice 1996)

Gianvittorio Dillon, Aspetti dell’incisione veneziana nel Settecento, catalogue of an exhibition held at Scuola grande di S. Teodoro, Venice, 30 October–22 November 1976 (Venice 1976)

Attilia Dorigato, ‘Giambattista Piazzetta e l’incisione veneziana del Settecento’ in Giambattista Piazzetta: il suo tempo, la sua scuola (Venice 1983), pp.173–194

Rodolfo Gallo, L’incisione nel ’700 a Venezia e a Bassano (Venice 1941)

glory of venice
The Glory of Venice: art in the eighteenth century, cata­logue of an exhibition held at the Royal Acad­emy of Arts, London, 15 September–14 December 1994, and at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, 29 January–23 April 1995, edited by Jane Martineau and Andrew Robison (New Haven & London 1994)

George Knox, Piazzetta. A tercentenary exhibition of drawings, prints, and books, catalogue of an exhibition, 20 November 1983–26 February 1984 (Washington, dc 1983)

le blanc
Charles Le Blanc, Manuel de l’amateur d’estampes (Paris 1854–1890)

Adriano Mariuz, ‘“Questi xe visi… Nu depensemo delle masch­ere”: Giambattista Piazzetta e gli incisori delle sue “mezze figure”’ in G.B. Piazzetta. Disegni, Incisioni, Libri, Manoscritti, catalogue of an exhibition of the Fondazioni Giorgio Cini, Venice, edited by Alessandro Bettagno (Vicenza 1983), pp.48–53. Reprinted in Teste di fantasia del Settecento veneziano, catalogue of an exhibition, Galleria di Palazzo Cini, Venice, 9 September–22 October 2006, edited by Renzo Mangili and Giuseppe Pavanello (Venice 2006), pp.52–61

Fabio Mauroner, Incisioni del Pitteri (Bergamo 1944)

pallucchini 1941
Rodolfo Pallucchini, Mostra degli incisori veneti del Settecento. Catalogo (Venice 1941)

pallucchini 1968
Rodolfo Pallucchini, ‘Miscellanea Piazzettesca’ in Arte Veneta 22 (1968), pp.106–130

Tiepolo, Canaletto, Piranesi e altri. Incisione venete del Settecento dei Musei Civici di Padova, catalo­gue of an exhibition held at the Palazzo del Monte, Padua, 12 June–20 July 1997, edited by Franca Pellegrini (Padua 1997)

Aldo Ravà, Marco Pitteri. Incisore veneziano (Florence 1922)

Andrew Robison, Piranesi. Early Archi­tec­tural Fantasies. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Etchings (London 1986)

Dario Succi, Da Carlevarijs ai Tiepolo. Incisori veneti e friulani del Settecento, catalogue of an exhi­bition held at Gorizia, Musei provinciali, and Venice, Museo Correr (Venice 1983)

David Tunick, Inc., Italian Prints of the Eighteenth Cen­tury [catalogue 11] (New York 1981)

Abbreviated references are expanded in bibliography.

1. Compare Georg Eineder, The ancient paper-mills of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire and their watermarks (Hilversum 1960), no. 1105: similar monogram, unknown manufacturer, 1738.

2. ‘D’Argenville mentions in his biography that Piazzetta boasted of having earned 7,000 zecchini with his fancy heads. At that rate, as heads usually sold for two zecchini a piece, Piazzetta would have drawn over 3,000 of them’ (Alice Binion, in glory of venice p.145).

3. P.J.O. Bergeret de Grancourt, Bergeret et Fragonard: journal inédit d’un voyage en Italie, 1773–1774, edited by Albert Tornézy (Paris 1895), p.383 (21 July 1774).

4. Five associated drawings are known: frontispiece (Anthony Blunt and Edward Croft-Murray, Venetian draw­ings of the xvii & xviii centuries… at Windsor Castle, London 1957, no. 29; knox no. 24; mariuz fig. 40); plate v (private collection, London; George Knox, Giambattista Piazzetta 1682–1754, Oxford 1992, pp.213, 216, fig. 154); plate vi (Curtis O. Baer collection, USA; knox no. 45; glory of venice no. 63); plate xiii (Blunt and Croft-Murray, op. cit., no. 33; mariuz fig. 111); plate xiv (Blunt and Croft-Murray, op. cit., no. 32; knox no. 47; mariuz fig. 56; glory of venice no. 64). In 1779, when the publisher Lodovico Furlanetto was seeking the protection of a privilege for a reissue of the set, the then Soprintendente delle Stampe, Gasparo Gozzi, declared that both the draw­ings and engravings had been made at the expense of Smith: ‘La medesima cosa si può dire delle fig­ure del Piazzetta incise dal Cattini notate no. xi [‘Raccolta di No. 15 Figure ideali del Celebre Gio. Batta Piazzetta, incise da Gio. Cattini’]. Dissegni ed intagli anche di queste furono fatti a spese del soprac­cennato Smith…’ (letter in Archivio di Stato di Venezia, transcribed by gallo pp.40–41).

5. Silvia Bianchi, ‘I Ritratti incisi da Giovanni e Francesco Cattini conservati presso la Raccolta delle Stampe A. Bertarelli’ in Rassegna di Studi e di Notizie [Raccolta delle Stampe Achille Bertarelli] 23 (1999), pp.45–94, no. 10 (p.67, no. 9: self-portrait of Piazzetta engraved by Cattini).

6. For Cattini’s biography, see Fabia Borroni Salvadori, in Dizionario biografico degli italiani, 22 (Rome 1979), p.518; Dario Succi, in The Dictionary of Art, 6 (Oxford 1996), p.91; Vittoria Gosen, Incidere per i Remondini: lavoro, denaro e vita nelle lettere degli incisori a un grande editore del ’700 (Bassano del Grappa 1999), pp.100–101, citing a group of letters between Cattini and the publisher Giambattista Remondini, written 1748–1756.

7. The only set in a contemporary binding to be seen on the market in recent years was sold anony­mously ● Christie’s, ‘Fine Old master and Modern Prints’, London, 2 July 1975, lot 48 (£3000) — P. & D. Colnaghi, Pictures from the Grand Tour [catalogue of an exhibition held at] Colnaghi, 14th November–16th December, 1978 (London 1978), item 116 (priced $22,500). The contents were the 1754 edition of Cattini’s Icones, together with twenty-eight prints after Piazzetta engraved by Pitteri (Ravà nos. 1, 3, 15, 29–40, 108, 57, 74, 56, 271, 265, 444, 268, 266, 263, 226, 196, 220), and a portrait of G.B. Cignaroli engraved by Pitteri after Francesco Lorenzi. The volume was acquired from Colnaghi by David Tunick, Inc., disbound, and the contents offered in Italian Prints of the Eighteenth Century [catalogue 11] (New York 1981), items 32 (Cattini’s Icones, priced $11,000), 183 (Pitteri’s ‘Quindici teste’, priced $9000), 184–190, 192–196, 198 (the prices of the other prints by Pitteri total $9150).

8. For example ● London, British Museum, Department of Prints & Drawings (1951—0714.212, 238, 241, 243–252): each print is trimmed along the borderlines (plate numbers lost). The matrices are stuck on two paper stocks, one water­marked a s (height of each letter 40 mm, same form and position relative to the chain lines as Robison p.225 no. 52, usage observed 1748–1749); the other paper watermarked with a crossbow (length 70 mm, of type Robison nos. 49–50, but different form, and smaller) ● Florence, Franco Semenzato Srl, auction sale of ‘Importanti libri figurati fiorentini, cinquecentine e post­incunaboli, edizioni di pregio’, 12 November 1987, lot 33 (result unknown): sold framed (plates vi, ix, xiii, xiv reproduced in catalogue, plates numbered).

9. ● Windsor, Royal Library (Inv. 809071). buberl p.100: ‘Die in Windsor befindliche Mappe ist fest in Leder gebunden und mit dem Ex Libris des Königs George iii. versehen. In seinen Besitz kamen die Blätter wahrschein­lich 1762 zusammen mit dem Verkauf der Bestände Konsul Smith’s’. According to Martin Clayton, Deputy Curator of the Print Room, Windsor Castle, the binding is early twentieth-century quarter-leather, and the exlibris in fact that of George v. ‘It lacks the title page and Piazzetta’s portrait; the fourteen plates have the key letter ixiv below. The watermark is a diagonally-placed crossbow, with no countermark’ (private communication, 1 March 2006). On the practice at Windsor of rebinding Smith’s albums of prints; see Antony Griffiths, ‘The Prints and Drawings in the Library of Consul Joseph Smith’ in Print Quarterly 8 (1991), p.132.

10. This set is first documented in an interleaved copy of the Bibliotheca Smithiana (Venice 1755), annotated by Smith and his librarian (possibly Pasquali) as a new title (not as a volume recuperato): ‘Piazzetta. Jo: B. Icones ad vivum expressae Venetijs Pasquali 1753 fo[glio]’ (interleaf opposite p.369, in British Library 11907 cc.23). In a posthumous inventory (9 November 1770) of the contents of Smith’s household, it is entered as ‘Piazzetta Jo. Bap.ta Icones Aere incisae a Jo. Cattini. in fogl.’ (without date) and located in ‘La Libraria… Nel Mezzà in faccia la Porta la Strada’ (transcribed by Dario Succi and Annalia Delneri, ‘L’Inventario dei beni di Joseph Smith nel palazzo sul Canalgrande’ in Capricci veneziani del settecento, Turin 1988, p.549). The copy next appears in the Catalogo di libri raccolti dal fu Signor Giuseppe Smith e pulitamente legati (Venice 1771), p.135 (among ‘Geograp­hie, e Libri di Stampe’), and lastly in the London auction sale catalogue Bibliotheca Smithiana…sold at auction by S. Baker and G. Leigh, January 25, 1773, lot 1620. In both sale catalogues, the imprint is recorded as Venice 1753. On these documents of Smith’s collections, see Stuart Morrison, ‘Records of a bibliophile: the catalogues of Consul Joseph Smith and some aspects of his collecting’ in The Book Collector 43 (1994), pp.27–58.

11. ● London, National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum (110.G.7). This copy, acquired 12 August 1865, is correctly described in early catalogues, but misdated ‘1743’ in the Library’s opac. The matrices are struck on two papers by the same manufacturer having watermarks of a crescent moon with human profile, and initials f c. A copy of the 1763 issue was in the library of the Venetian bibliophile Maffeo Pinelli (Jacopo Morelli, Bibliotheca Maphaei Pinelli Veneti descripta, Venice 1787, i, no. 2107). Surprisingly, Chiari Moretto Wiel doubts its existence – ‘ma potrebbe essere un errore di lettura’ (p.40) – although aware that it was cited ante 1840 by G.A. Moschini (Dell’ incisione in Venezia, edition Venice 1924, p.84) and again by Palluchini (p.40).

12. Plate xiii is reproduced in Tunick’s catalogue (see above, note 7); plates vi and xiv, very probably from the same set, are reproduced by knox nos. 46, 48, with the illustra­tions masked to the borderlines.

13. ● Vienna, Graphische Sammlung Albertina (HB 29, 5/64–79). buberl p.98 note 3: ‘In der Albertina Wien befind­et sich das Titelblatt der Ausgabe von 1754, von den folgenden 15 Blättern trägt kein Blatt die Nummer, da sie beinahe alle direkt nach dem Bildrand beschnitten und in den gebundenen Band der Hofbibliothek eingeklebt wurden’. The title-page and all the plates of the set are reproduced as Abb. 40–55.

14. An incomplete copy was sold by Christie’s, ‘Collection Héli de Tallyrand-Périgord, Duc de Talleyrand’, Paris, 26 November 2005, lot 177 (title and thirteen prints only, €11,400).

15. Acquired by Philip Hofer from the London booksellers Davis & Orioli, in 1934, later donated to the Houghton Library. Hope Mayo, the Philip Hofer Curator of Printing & Graphic Arts in the Houghton Library, has examined the album on our behalf, and kindly reports (private communi­ca­tion, 13 March 2006) that the watermarks in Cattini’s prints are two versions of a crossbow, with a s marks visi­ble in the portrait and plate xiii; the eleven prints by Pitteri are Ravà nos. 226, 220, 196, 263, 266, 444, 271, 265, 268, 15 and le blanc no. 65 (his print of G.B. Cignaroli, after Francesco Lorenzi), with a s marks visible in Ravà nos. 226, 220, 196, le blanc no. 65, and crossbow mark in Ravà no. 268; the binder’s endleaves are watermarked C. & I. Honig with armorial insignia. Five of these prints by Pitteri are in our album (Ravà nos. 15, 444, 265, 268, 266, 271); all were in the Colnaghi album (see above, note 7), except for Ravà no. 196 (the portrait of Goldoni wearing a wig, Ravà no. 195, was pre­sent instead).

16. Pitteri applied on 12 June 1742, presented some of his plates for inspec­tion on 7 September, and on 9 September 1742, a privilege ‘che l’incisione stessa sia di sacre Imagini’ was conceded by the Senate (documents in the Archivio di Stato di Venezia, transcribed by gallo p.29; see also chiari moretto wiel p.10).

17. No paintings or drawings are extant for four prints: Saint Andrew (ii), Saint Philip (vii), Saint Bartholomew (viii), and Saint Matthias (xii). See knox nos. 53, 55, 57 and chiari moretto wiel pp.11–30.

18. ‘Il Signor cavaliere Giovan Battista Mancini fece vedere sette stampe del detto Piazzetta bulinate da Matteo [sic] Pitteri rappresentanti il Padre Eterno, Giesù Cristo, la Santissima Vergine ed altri Apostoli’ (from the minutes of the Academy, transcribed by Ugo Procacci, ‘Opere del Piazzetta e della sua bottega a Cortona’ in Arte Veneta 1, 1947, p.121).

19. The set is preceded by an engraved title lettered ‘Opera dipinta da Giambattista Piazzetta, incisa da Marco Pitteri Veneto con Privilegio dell’ Senato’. gallo p.29. succi nos. 379–383. knox nos. 59a–c. chiari moretto wiel nos. 31–50.

20. This title occurs in ● London, National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum (110 G. 37). Ac­quired 27 May 1863, it is a group of twenty-two plates by Pitteri, rebound in 1970. The contents are: ‘Quindici teste’ (in this order: xii, xi, x, ix, viii, vii, vi, i, v, iv, iii, ii, The Redeemer, God the Father, The Virgin), Saint Paul, five ‘Capricciose teste’ (the same five plates found in our album, but in this order: Ravà 444, 266, 265, 271, 268), and Man with a Rosary, dedicated to Giambattista Albrizzi (Ravà 263). All impressions are struck on a paper with a s and b water­marks (letters a s both tied to chains, height of each 30/32 mm; b sewn ten chains apart, height 20 mm). Our impressions are struck on a paper by the same manu­facturer, but made in different moulds (as height 40 mm). The same title-page was in the Colnaghi album (transcription in their catalogue; see above, note 7).

21. See above, note 2.

22. The impressions in the National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum (see above, note 20) are struck on paper with the same watermarks; comparable a s watermarks are in some Harvard impres­sions (see above, note 13). An im­pres­sion of ‘A young Woman in profile’ in the Department of Prints & Drawings, British Museum (1872—0113.11), is struck on a paper with fleur-de-lys watermark.

23. A drawing 316 × 295 mm in the same direction was anonymously consigned for sale in Paris, ‘Dessins anciens et modernes’, by piasa (Bruno and Patrick de Bayser, experts), 22 March 2006, lot 45. Although accepted by Knox on the basis of a photo­graph, as preparatory for the print, in the writer’s opinion this drawing is more likely to be after the print.

24. Pedrali’s striking of A young Man drawing a Sword is reproduced by dillon no. 252.